Water Distribution for Victims of Drought: The Case of the Brazilian Semi-arid Region

  • Yesus Emmanuel Medeiros Vieira
  • Renata Albergaria de Mello BandeiraEmail author
  • Luiz Antônio Silveira Lopes
  • Leandro de Oliveira Silva
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


This paper proposes a procedure and a computational tool for helping the decision-making process regarding the water supply for beneficiaries in regions affected by drought, considering the transport and routing of water distribution. The proposed procedure was applied to a real case scenario in the Brazilian semi-arid region.


Drought Disasters Operations management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yesus Emmanuel Medeiros Vieira
    • 1
  • Renata Albergaria de Mello Bandeira
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luiz Antônio Silveira Lopes
    • 1
  • Leandro de Oliveira Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Militar de EngenhariaRio de JaneiroBrazil

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